What does each family get for their £10 contribution every week?
Well, as with all things in life, you get out what you put in, so with that in mind we hand it over to you, equally, along with the rest of the members... What would you like to find at the field? Dream it up, chat to the group, and lets all make it happen! It’s a blank canvas!
Maybe you (I am speaking to the children and the adults here...) want to build a maypole and learn to dance around it, or maybe you want to do wood carving. Maybe you want to build an obstacle course to race through, climbing, crawling, splashing and stumbling through in record time. Or maybe you want to keep a goat and milk it, or honey bees, or chickens. Maybe you want to try out alternative gardening techniques, or grow herbs for cooking, teas, or medicinal use. Maybe you have always dreamed of growing an enormous turnip, or giant pumpkin to carve out at Halloween. Maybe you just want somewhere to place a hammock, to lay in the sun and watch the summer drift past. Or maybe you want to grow willow and weave your own baskets?
All this and more is possible! We have room for a few more keen, like minded families to come on board and get stuck in. It will be a resourceful, permaculture setting. Flexible. Laid back. No pressure. You can go there any time you like, seven days a week. Maybe you want to go there for the evening in the summer, after a long day of attending groups - the children can let off steam and help you cook on the camp fire or in the earth oven we could all help to build. If your partner has been working all day they can meet you there for an outdoor tea. Lovely. Or maybe you want to suggest a Sunday lunch for lots of the families to come to and share food, good company and play games in the open spaces. Overnight camping is possible too.
As long as the majority of what we do is agriculturally based we are perfectly ok to be there and play. The owners are fully supportive of our plans, as are the local authority planning department.
We can get bits and bobs we need for free from Freegle, from our own sheds, or friends and family, or cheaply from eBay or Gumtree etc… plus the car boots are invaluable... so do scour the sales for equipment and resources.
This simple website has been built initially as a way to put the information across well in order to gain new members and apply for funding, but ultimately it will develop as a way for members to keep in touch - including a ‘things currently needed for the field’ page, a well developed and utilised forum for discussions related to ideas for the field, a useful links page, a blog page for regular photos and updates with what’s been going on, also a fundraising page plus more…
Our desire is to create a community where we and our children can learn and grow together in joy and freedom. We want to be clear about our aims and ethos, so that everyone who joins is choosing to be an active part of this community. To this end we have created a membership agreement which we invite you to read. This is still very much a draft and we welcome your comments and input. We hope it will evolve as we develop as a group and learn from our experiences. We offer it here so that you can consider whether it is right for you and your family and we can begin to explore together what we each want and how we can make it a reality.
Please click on the PDF button below and read the document in full before you get in touch with us.
Every family that joins will pay an equal weekly fee of £10, which equals £43.33 per month, paid by 1st each month.
We are also all aiming to contribute an initial lump sum of £50 per family in order to build up some funds so we can make basic necessary purchases. Ideally this would be paid with the first payment although can be delayed if necessary - the main thing is to get members joined up.
All monies and purchases will be open to all members to view and approve. Large purchases will be discussed before finalised. A record book will be kept of ALL monies in and out.
We have received a grant from the National Lottery, and are currently applying for further grants which will help with the purchase of equipment, supplies and infrastructure.
We are looking for more families to sign up and join us on this exciting venture! Please get in touch via the contact form after having a good read through this website. We will then get in touch asap to answer any questions you may have and to arrange to show you around the field if you wish to come and see it and meet us.
Once you have met us and been to the field we will give you a simple contact info sheet to fill in with family details of who would use the field, plus payment details for setting up your monthly fee. The first month is free, to give you time to see if it suits you, and us. Then once you officially join we will also give you a 'New Members Info Pack' with all relevant info, including how to access the field whenever you wish and how to use the simple procedures we have set up for implementing ideas at the Hub and turning them into reality :-)
We have also created a What's App Wild Meadows members group so we can all keep in touch with regards day to day field visits and informal hub chat.
"Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter,
voices will celebrate us whenever we come into our own power.
Community means strength that joins our strength
to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends.
Someplace where we can be free."